A brush-up was due on the BMW 5 Series for the next model year. BMW obliged, and will soon be delivering updated variants for the lineup.
The top of the heap is a mysterious entry and as of now still haunts the shadows. The CS-badged M5 will be the beast of the lot, a drop-dead gorgeous performance car with Clubsport DNA.
The other entries in the M5 clique, on the other hand, are out in the daylight. And they won’t fall far from the Clubsport tree. An M5 Competition can get you to 190 miles per hour if you really want to thread the needle on a regular basis; BMW will train you if you’d like.
The M5 Competition and standard M5 will keep their 4.4L V8 biturbo engine, a very capable power plant that delivers up to 600 horsepower—617 for the Competition—and 553 pound-feet of torque. That’s an awful lot of juice, and it takes the M5 to 60 in 3.2 seconds, with the Competition variant beating that time by a tenth of a second. Top speed is limited to 155 MPH, unless the M Driver’s Package is optioned.
Various performance tweaks are also in the cards for 2021, of course, and they include lower clearance and a redesigned suspension for the Competition. Cosmetic and cabin changes include trimmed bodies, revised voice activation and Apple CarPlay, and M Series-specific paint colors. The grille has been updated in keeping with the newer ‘butterfly’ design, though it is nowhere near as brazen as on the 4 Series.
Price starts at $104K for the M5, and $112K for the M5 Competition.